Charades Signals


PERSON:  Stand with hands on hips.
BOOK TITLE:  Unfold your hands as if they were a book.
MOVIE TITLE:  Pretend to crank an old-fashioned movie camera.
SONG TITLE:  Pretend to sing.
TV SHOW:  Draw a rectangle to outline a TV screen.
QUOTE OR PHRASE:  Make quotation marks in the air with your fingers.
PLAY TITLE:  Place both hands out, palms facing the audience and touching at the thumbs, and draw them apart like a theater curtain.
POEM:  The player pretends to hold a paper and pretends to read the poem.
LOCATION:  Make a circle with one hand, then point to it, as if pointing to a dot on a map.
EVENT:  Point to your wrist as if you were wearing a watch.
COMPUTER GAME:  Using both hands move your thumbs like you are using a game pad.
WEBSITE:  Hold one hand out, palm down, horizontal to the ground, as if holding a computer mouse. Make a sweeping motion side to side, then stop and tap index finger as if “clicking”.


NUMBER OF WORDS IN THE CHARADE:  Hold up the corresponding number of fingers.
WHICH WORD YOU ARE WORKING ON:  Hold up the number of fingers again.
NUMBER OF SYLLABLES IN THE WORD:  Lay the number of fingers on your arm.
WHICH SYLLABLE YOU ARE ON:  Lay the number of fingers on your arm again.
LENGTH OF WORD:  Make a “little” or “big” sign as if you were measuring a fish.
SOMEONE HAS GUESSED PART OF THE CHARADE CORRECTLY:  Point at your nose with one hand, while pointing at the person with your other hand.
SOUNDS LIKE OR RHYMES WITH:  Cup one hand behind an ear, or pull on your earlobe.
LONGER VERSION OF:  Pretend to stretch a piece of elastic.
SHORTER VERSION OF:  Do a “karate chop” with your hand.
PLURAL:  Link your little fingers.
PAST TENSE:  Wave your hand over your shoulder toward your back.
OPPOSITE:  Form each hand into a hitchhiker’s thumb signal and point them in opposite directions.
THE ENTIRE CONCEPT:  Sweep your arms through the air making big brackets.
A LETTER OF THE ALPHABET:  Move your hand in a chopping motion toward your arm (near the top of your forearm if the letter is near the beginning of the alphabet, and near the bottom of your arm if the letter is near the end of the alphabet).
A COLOR:  Point to your tongue, then point to an object of the color you’re trying to convey. If no objects are available, then pantomime an object that typically possesses the color in question.
CLOSE, KEEP GUESSING!  Frantically wave your hands about to keep the guesses coming, or pretend to fan yourself, as if to say “getting hotter”.
STOP! WORK ON SOMETHING ELSE:  Hold both arms out in front of you, palms of your hands waving, facing your teammates, while simultaneously shaking your head, eyes closed.


A” steeple index fingers together.
I” point at your eye, or your chest.
THE” make a “T” sign with your index fingers.
THAT” make a “T” with your index fingers, followed by one flattened hand tapping your head for “hat”. Following this with the “opposite” sign indicates the word “This.”
OR” pretend to paddle a canoe.
ON” make your index finger leap on to the palm of your other hand. Reverse this gesture to
indicate “Off.”

Family Charades In-A-Box Compendium.